Warner Bros. Pictures recently cast one of the most iconic characters in the world of DC Comics, particularly within the Batman mythos. Oscar award-winning actor J.K. Simmons was recently cast as Commissioner James Gordon, and will be making his debut as the character in the upcoming film “Justice League: Part One.”
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Simmons was recently officially cast as the Gotham City Police Commissioner James “Jim” Gordon. Simmons will star in the film alongside other actors including Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
Being the famed Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming film would not be the first time that Simmons would be venturing in the world of comic book films, as he previously played a much loved portrayal of the editor-in-chief and the hot headed boss of Peter Parker for The Daily Planet, J. Jonah Jameson, in the Sam Raimi trilogy of “Spider-Man” films.
The character of Commissioner James Gordon had been closely tied to Bruce Wayne/Batman and the entire Gotham City, that most Batman comic books stories, as well as the live-action big screen films of the character, had included James Gordon in its roster of characters. To date, actors who have played the role of the Commissioner include Lyle Talbot for the classic 1949 series “Batman and Robin,” Neil Hamilton in the “Batman” TV series of the 60s, Pat Hingle in the “Batman” series of films by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, and Gary Oldman in the Christopher Nolan “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” with Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader.
Currently, the character of James Gordon is being played by actor Ben McKenzie in the ongoing prequel series from FOX, “Gotham,” where a younger Detective Jim Gordon is the main protagonist, showing the early days of Gotham City before Bruce Wayne becomes the Batman.
“Justice League: Part One” hits theaters on Nov. 17, 2017, while “Part Two” is set for release on June 14, 2019. The film will be directed by Zack Snyder, with a script written by Chris Terrio.